I am a licensed Certified Social Worker, eligible to engage in Private Independent Practice (CSWPIP) in the state of South Dakota, and a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). Angela received her Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from Newman University in Wichita, KS. I received my Bachelor's of Arts degree in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Sioux Falls, SD. I have been working with individuals, parents, children, adolescents, and couples since 2003. I started my social work career working with victims of domestic violence. During my time living in Kansas, I worked with parents and children become healthier families working with the State of Kansas. My Master’s Degree focused on individual and family therapy. I began working with individuals, couples, and families during her program as well as completion of her degree. I have experience addressing problems related to disorders such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, Bipolar, and Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as issues surrounding life changes and events.
I use evidenced-based approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT) to help with emotional regulation and distress tolerance, and Mindfulness techniques, to identify and recognize the client’s thoughts which contribute to their behaviors and feelings. The client can then identify distorted beliefs and thoughts, challenge them and create more balanced thoughts which improves the choices they make, and how they feel about themselves and the environment. In conjunction with focusing on thoughts, behavior modification challenges clients to makes a conscious effort to change negative behaviors to improve their feelings and thoughts. Other approaches I may use include strengths based approach, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Midlife Crisis, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
KS LSCSW 06025
SD LCSW 3288
ND LCSW 6508
Great to work with
Written on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Angela for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes